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WB: Video showing BSF torture surfaces, 8 suspended


Sougata Mukhopadhyay,CNN-IBN
Jan 19, 2012 at 09:31am IST

Kolkata: Eight BSF personnel were suspended on Wednesday evening after a disturning video footage showed the guards as thrashing a Bangladeshi cattle smuggler at Raninagar outpost near Indo-Bangla border in Murshidabad district.

CNN-IBN doesn't vouch for the authenticity of the video - in which a couple of men, in BSF-style dark-green fatigues have tied up a man and are shown assaulting him.

The BSF swung into action - suspending 8 BSF personnel and a senior officer of the rank of commandant.

An inquiry has also been set up by the BSF.

Reportedly, the person shown being beaten up in the video is a Bangladeshi national and was allegedly indulging in cattle smuggling.

The video was apparently shot by some of those present at the site after the border guards seized 80 cattle and four-five Bangladeshis 'smugglers' three days back, the village head said.

While one of the alleged smugglers was singled out for such 'treatment', the others were also pushed back later and the cattle seized.

West Bengal Fisheries Minister and MLA from the district Abu Hena slammed the act and demanded punishment for the accused personnel.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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